2014 NBA Draft Grades: Overview of Team-by-Team Grades, Trades and Results

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2014 NBA Draft Grades: Overview of Team-by-Team Grades, Trades and Results

The San Antonio Spurs again proved why they have been so good for so long on Thursday night. R.C. Buford and his team simply know how to draft late in the first round, which is something they do often because of their success.

On Thursday night, the Spurs tabbed versatile UCLA small forward Kyle Anderson. He may not make anyone say wow from watching his clips on YouTube, but he has a high hoops IQ, a solid outside shot, size at 6'8" and excellent vision as a passer.

Sounds like the prototypical Spur. Anderson could easily turn out to be one of the biggest steals of this draft. Here's a look at every selection, grade and trade from Thursday's draft.

Brian Mazique's 2014 NBA Draft Grades
Team Picks Grade
Boston Celtics Marcus Smart (6), James Young (17) A-
Brooklyn Nets Markel Brown (44), Xavier Thames (59), Corey Jefferson (60) B-
New York Knicks Cleanthony Early (34), Thanasis Antetokounmpo (51), Louis Labeyrie (57) A+
Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid (3), Dario Saric (12), K.J. McDaniels (32), Jerami Grant (39), Vasilije Micic (52), Jordan McRae (58) C+
Toronto Raptors Bruno Caboclo (20), DeAndre Daniels (37) F
Chicago Bulls Doug McDermott (11), Cameron Bairstow (49) B-
Cleveland Cavaliers Andrew Wiggins (1), Joe Harris (33) A-
Detroit Pistons Spencer Dinwiddie (38) B-
Milwaukee Bucks Jabari Parker (2), Damien Inglis (31), Johnny O'Bryant III (36) A
Atlanta Hawks Adreian Payne (15), Walter Tavares (43), Lamar Patterson (48) B-
Charlotte Hornets Noah Vonleh (9), P.J. Hairston (26), Dwight Powell (45), Semaj Christon (55) A
Miami Heat Shabazz Napier (24) A+
Orlando Magic Aaron Gordon (4), Elfrid Payton (10) A
Los Angeles Clippers C.J. Wilcox (28) C-
Los Angeles Lakers Julius Randle (7), Jordan Clarkson (46) A+
Phoenix Suns T.J. Warren (14), Tyler Ennis (18), Bogan Bogdanovic (27), Alec Brown (50) B-
Sacramento Kings Nik Stauskas (8) B-
Houston Rockets Clint Capela (25), Nick Johnson (42) A-
Memphis Grizzlies Jordan Adams (22), Jarnell Stokes (35) B-
New Orleans Pelicans Russ Smith (47) C-
San Antonio Spurs Kyle Anderson (30), Nemanja Dangubic (54) A-
Denver Nuggets Jusuf Nurkic (16), Gary Harris (19), Nikola Jokic (41), Roy Devyn Marble (56) A-
Minnesota Timberwolves Zach LaVine (13), Glenn Robinson III (40), Alessandro Gentile (53) B+
Oklahoma City Thunder Mitch McGary (21), Josh Huestis (29) B-
Utah Jazz Dante Exum (5), Rodney Hood (23) A

Picks per NBA.com

Trade information per NBA.com

Draft-Day Trades

  • Chicago Bulls trade No. 16, No. 19 selections and a future second-round pick to Denver Nuggets for Doug McDermott and Anthony Randolph
  • Orlando Magic trade Dario Saric to Philadelphia 76ers for Elfrid Payton
  • Charlotte Hornets trade Shabazz Napier to Miami Heat for No. 26, No. 55 and future second-round selections
  • Utah Jazz trade Jarnell Stokes to Memphis Grizzlies for 2016 second-round selection 
  • Minnesota Timberwolves trade No. 44 overall selection to Brooklyn Nets for 2016 second-round selection
  • Washington Wizards trade Jordan Clarkson to Los Angeles Lakers for cash
  • Sixers trade Russ Smith to New Orleans Pelicans for Pierre Jackson

Best Trade

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The Denver Nuggets hit the jackpot in their deal with the Bulls.

Sure, Chicago secured one of the best shooters in the draft, and McDermott may help the Bulls take the next step. But Denver grabbed the best healthy center available in Bosnia's Jusuf Nurkic and Michigan State's Gary Harris at No. 19. The latter inexplicably fell lower than most expected. 

Denver also got the Bulls to take on the salary of little-used Randolph in exchange for McDermott. Denver clearly maximized its resources in this deal.

Sham Sports' Mark Deeks thinks the Nuggets cleaned up with this trade:

Unless McDermott becomes a star or is used as a piece for the Bulls to sign-and-trade for Carmelo Anthony, or Kevin Love, the Nuggets won this trade.

If Harris blossoms and McDermott doesn't, the trade would look even worse for the Bulls considering 2-guard is a position of need. Stay tuned.

Best Pick

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A week ago the New York Knicks didn't even have a pick in the draft. After some wheeling and dealing, they wound up with three. Their best selection was Wichita State's Cleanthony Early at No. 34. 

Early is perhaps the most underrated prospect in the draft.

If he had attended an ACC, Big Ten or SEC school, he probably would have been a lottery pick. At 6'7", Early has the size to play the wing position without an issue. He also has elite athleticism and a competitiveness that can't be taught.

His stats improved in almost every category last season when compared to his first at Wichita State. Early is a native of Middletown, New York, so this also represents a homecoming. Judging by this tweet, he seems intent upon representing his city proudly:

He is 23 years old, which was probably a deterrent for teams, but his maturity should make him all the more ready to contribute right away.

When we look back at this draft, Early will probably be the biggest steal.

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